Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein

Tender Buttons is a 1914 book by American writer Gertrude Stein consisting of three sections titled "Objects", "Food", and "Rooms". While the short book consists of multiple poems covering the everyday mundane, Stein's experimental use of language renders the poems unorthodox and their subjects unfamiliar. Stein began composition of the book in 1912 with multiple short prose poems in an effort to "create a word relationship between the word and the things seen" using a "realist" perspective. She then published it in three sections as her second book in 1914.Tender Buttons has provoked divided critical responses since its publication. It is renowned for its Modernist approach to portraying the everyday object and has been lauded as a "masterpiece of verbal Cubism". Its first poem, "A Carafe, That Is a Blind Glass", is arguably its most famous, and is often cited as one of the quintessential works of Cubist literature. The book has also been, however, criticized as "a modernist triumph, a spectacular failure, a collection of confusing gibberish, and an intentional hoax".

The 1582nd greatest fiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - The New York Public Library's Books of the Century (New York Public Library)

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Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
Tender Buttons Paperback 640421 $9.99 2020
Tender Buttons Illustrated Paperback 949123 $7.88 2019
Tender Buttons Illustrated Paperback 568687 $9.99 2019
Tender Buttons: Objects, Food, Rooms (Classic Reprint) Hardcover 12084082 $36.56 2018
Tender Buttons: Objects, Food, Rooms Paperback 4297318 $10.00 $5.89 2017
Tender Buttons: Objects Food Rooms [Illustrated edition] Kindle Edition 543198 2016
Tender Buttons Paperback 2584251 $3.99 $7.79 2015
Tender Buttons Kindle Edition 632808 2012
Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein, Fiction, Literary, LGBT, Gay Hardcover 390834 $24.84 $24.78 2006
Tender Buttons Paperback 14505189 $12.76 $12.70 1914
Tender Buttons: Objects Kindle Edition 1559769 2013
Tender Buttons: Objects, Food, Rooms Paperback 2833293 $4.50 $5.35 2011
Tender Buttons Paperback 1925682 $4.99 2017
Tender Buttons Paperback 1215900 $9.99 $3.74 2011
Tender Buttons Paperback 236218 $4.04 $1.42 1997
Tender Buttons: The Corrected Centennial Edition Paperback 207370 $6.48 $1.96 2014
Tender Buttons: Objects Hardcover 195626 $8.25 $2.19 2013